Virtual/Mixed Reality Submissions Invited for 2018 Human Factors Prize

Monday, January 8, 2018


The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society invites submissions between June 15 and July 16 describing research pertaining to human factors issues in environments with a mixture of real and virtual elements, and the applications of these environments in various domains. The Human Factors Prize recognizes excellence in human factors/
ergonomics (HF/E) research through an annual competition that confers a $10,000 cash award and publication of the winning paper in the Society’s flagship journal, Human Factors.
Submissions for the Human Factors Prize can report on the human factors research related to techniques, tools, or training to develop MR/VR to ensure safety and enhance performance in any domain and application area, including but not limited to

  • Aviation

  • Transportation

  • Oil and gas, power grid, nuclear energy

  • Military operations

  • Education

  • Gaming

  • Health

  • Politics

  • Terrorism

Manuscripts should provide a theoretical basis, a thorough background, and a detailed description of the methods, results, and discussion of the practical applications of the research. The paper also needs to show the human factors and ergonomics link and impact.
Papers may address the following topics, among others:

  • Research activities on HF/E issues related to fidelity, immersion, telepresence, etc. in VR/MR space;

  • Improvements in the systems for the display of information and interactivity in MR/VR space;

  • Design and development of display technologies to support immersion and/or presence;

  • Development of methods and techniques to enhance presence/telepresence;

  • Applications of MR/VR in archeology, commerce, education, games, tourism, performing arts, etc. 

Any researcher is eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required.
Submissions must be uploaded between 6:00 a.m. Eastern time on June 15 and 6:00 a.m. Eastern time on July 16, 2018.
Additional details and answers to frequently asked questions may be found at the Human Factors Prize FAQ page.
The award will be presented at a special session at the HFES 2018 International Annual Meeting where the recipient will present his or her work.


The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. “Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering.”